River for Life: Reducing Urban Pollutant Loadings to Edmonton's Receiving Watercourses

Description:River for Life: Reducing Urban Pollutant Loadings to Edmonton's Receiving Watercourses. Presenter: Kerri Robinson, M.Sc., P.Eng., Urban Systems. Additional Contributors: Kristel Untershultz, M.Sc., P.Eng., Urban Systems, Edmonton, Alberta. River for Life, a 30 year strategy initiated by the City of Edmonton, was developed with the mission to “[prevent] pollution by continuously reducing discharges of contaminants to the environment towards a goal of net zero impact from human activity.” In an initiative unique to North America, Edmonton seeks to exceed all existing regulatory requirements and accomplish vast reductions in pollutant loadings because they feel it is the best way to serve the population in the long run. Implementation plans were developed to guide the River for Life strategy over the next 30 years. Four foundational processes (Planning, Adaptive Management, Partnerships and Funding) were outlined to support implementation of discharge quality enhancement projects. Building on the foundational processes, the following implementation plans were developed to provide specific direction for reducing discharge pollutant loads to the North Saskatchewan River: Residential discharge, City sites discharge, Industrial-Commercial-Institutional discharge, Grey infrastructure improvements and Green infrastructure implementation. Through intensive stakeholder consultation, an Adaptive Management Plan, an Incentives Plan and a Triple Bottom Line Process were formed to lay the foundation for implementation of River for Life. The Adaptive Management Plan outlines the iterative process required to continually move River for Life forward in a dynamic municipality. The Incentives Plan consists of a review of incentives available to the City to support the River for Life mission. The Triple Bottom Line Process was developed and tested to evaluate and select programs and projects that will best meet the objectives of River for Life.

Authors: Kerri Robinson

Subjects: Watersheds

Tags:AC15 presentations,AC15,2015 BCWWA Annual Conference & Trade Show

Citation:Stream 2: Ensuring Water Quality & Supply

Publication Date:May 29th, 2015 Upload Date:Jun 26th, 2015

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